CHILD NUTRITION COORDINATOR
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH/CHILD NUTRITION SECRETARY
Healthy Changes in Our School Cafeterias
Cache County School District school cafeterias have met tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed in school. Now is a great time to encourage your children to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. For School Year 2021-2022, school lunches and breakfasts will meet these standards:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of fruit or vegetable)
- A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
- New this year our flavored milk is now 1% instead of fat-free!
- More whole grains
- Less sodium
We hope parents will support this effort by encouraging their students to give healthier meals a try. Students are far more likely to pick a fruit or vegetable in the lunch line if they have been introduced to those foods at home.
This fall, as students go through the lunch lines, they can take all the fruits and vegetables they want but are required to have at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable with their meal. Our wonderful staff will serve the grain and the meat portion. They do not have to have milk with their meal.
New regulations called Smart Snacks in Schools (ala carte in 7-12 grades) apply to all foods and beverages sold to students on campus during the school day. Products must first meet at least 1 of the 4 general nutrition standards.
- Whole grain-rich
Products must also meet calorie, sugar, and sodium restrictions.
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. To find out more about Cache County School District’s healthy school meals, contact us at 435-752-3925.
Susan Wallentine, Child Nutrition Coordinator